Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd says that this could be a pivotal few weeks for the club ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Bury.
“December could be a season defining month for us and it’s important that we don’t dwell on defeats and that we quickly focus on the here and now,” he said.
“We’ve picked up 7 points out of 12 in our last 4 league games so there has certainly been an upturn but we’ve got to maintain that and keep that going in what is going to be a massive month for us.
“Consistency comes from having the right players in the right slots and then it comes from everybody making sure that they do their job. If you do that over a period of time then you get an inner confidence and you can get mental momentum.
“We had that last year, particularly at home and it’s something that I feel is coming together. Of course you have got to do the hard work to get the momentum but once you get it and you have that belief instilled then you find a way to win.
“We’re not there yet but if we can keep everybody fit then I’m absolutely convinced that we are heading for a happier second half of the season.
“This is a very important part of the season for us, we are playing teams around us in the league and we need to put things right. That’s the challenge and we’ve got to see if we’re up to it.
“Bury have got a new manager which is good for them and I’m sure it will give them a little upsurge but I do think genuinely it’s about what we do.
“We’ve come close on a few occasions to getting good results away from home, we know what it takes and we just need to keep the faith and keep plugging away.
“I do think that there is a spirit amongst this group, they know the situation that we’ve put ourselves in and we’ve got to continue the up curve that we are in.
“There is obviously a little bit of angst because we don’t want to be where we are but there is also a very positive attitude in terms of we’ve had some good results and we know now what it takes to win games.
“We’ve got to find that elusive away formula but I don’t think we are too far away from finding that and morale is good.
“The players are focused, the staff are focused and we all know what we’ve got to do.”